Day 217 – Peer Pressure or Hug Awareness?

11 HUGS, 5 children, 6 adults (1 husband, 2 friends that work at The Little Gym, 1 friend at The Little Gym, 1 Walmart employee, 1 neighborhood friend)

I think I might be creating hug awareness! *crosses fingers* Of course, it could just be peer pressure. At The Little Gym, everyone has become accustomed to my hugs. Today, one of the employees was leaving a little early and made sure to hug me before she left. She then proceeded to hug each of the other moms in the class. So awesome. And, this was not my only reason to think my hug awareness is spreading.

There were only 3 kids in our karate class until today. The only girl in the class was not happy about the new girl joining the class. Up until this point, she had “her boys” all to herself. Her mom was a little concerned and coached her on how to treat the new girl. To my surprise she followed the new girl out the door after class and gave her a big hug. She then came back inside where she proceeded to hug every single person in the room.

Now, I realize that there can sometimes be an element of pressure when hugs are being shared (as has been pointed out by one of my friends on numerous occasions when she is with me). I am ok with being accused of pushing hugs. But I would like to think that rather than pushing hugs, I am giving others the excuse they were looking for to hug someone in the first place. I think this is especially true for kids. I know it was for me when I was young. Once I hugged one person, it was only fair that I hugged the rest, right?

So what do you think?  Can you join me in hugging others? *no pressure* Will you spread this hug awareness with me? *you know you want to* Are you up to the challenge of sharing love with others? *Everyone’s doing it*

Please accept this blog as my virtual hug to you.

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